Laminate or tile? Wood or stone? Make an informed decision with some of the pros and cons of common countertop surfaces.
Wood countertops are often made of strips of hardwood (like birch or maple) that are glued together. Wood countertops are susceptible to scorching and scratching, so use trivets and cutting boards during your meal prep. Be sure to promptly wipe up splashes and spills. If left damp too long, wood countertops may darken.